Survival Swim Lessons
Swim Float Survive
Our Swim Float Survive℠ program is a unique style of swimming lessons offered to children 6 months – 4 years in an effort to teach them the skills necessary to be safe in and around water.
What is Survival Swimming?
For an infant, survival swimming is a baby’s ability to float and breathe regardless of the water’s depth, for an indefinite period of time.
For a toddler or young child, survival swimming is the child’s ability to kick and propel through the water – roll on to his/her back to breathe – turn and swim repeatedly to the wall, steps or egress, and get out of the pool.
What to Expect During Lessons
The most essential survival swimming skill we will teach your child is to roll from a face-down position in the water to a face-up independent back float. If your child falls face down into the water, knowing how to roll onto a face-up back float can save their life.
During our lessons, your child will gently be introduced to the water by the instructor. The instructor will work with your child to guide him/her through the lesson process and build a level of trust and comfort in the water.
Once this is established, infants who are not walking will begin to learn how to roll-back-to-float. Children who are walking will begin the process of learning to swim-float-swim. They first learn to hold their breath underwater and propel for a short distance on their tummies by kicking their feet. Next, they learn to roll over and float on their backs to breathe, then flip back onto their tummies and swim again.
Swim Float Survive℠ is amazing to watch – infants and children are transformed from being totally helpless in the water into confident, capable swimmers in weeks, not years. The added benefit of increased self-esteem and independence in children while bringing relief and confidence to parents, not just meeting their expectations, but exceeding them, brings Swim Float Survive℠ great satisfaction. Teaching children to save their lives in the water is our number one priority.
Swim Float Survive℠ lessons are the best way to teach your baby or toddler to rescue himself in an aquatic emergency.
Stroke Development Lessons
Maintenance & Refresher Swimming Lessons (Returning Students only)
We believe the swim float swim sequence serves as the foundation for learning correct stroke technique, so once children can swim and float they are able to transition easily into breathing techniques, proper kicking, use of arms and stroke development.
At Swim Float Survive℠, we want to ensure your children maintain their swimming skills and confidence in the water, and our Maintenance Lessons provide the perfect opportunity to continue to grow and develop more advanced skills that will continue to build their confidence in the water.
Our Maintenance Lessons are designed to:
Continue your child’s aquatic learning process using techniques that are an extension of the swimming and floating skills previously learned.
Empower your child with more proficient swimming ability.
Swim Float Survive℠ strongly focuses on water safety and survival, and we believe that every child should have the opportunity to benefit from these fundamental skills and enjoy water in a safe and comfortable environment, including children with sensory processing disorders like ASD.
Our Adaptive Aquatics program is designed to teach life-saving skills to children of all ages and abilities and help them embrace their natural affinity with water in a safe and beneficial way. While a traditional swim class will not usually be equipped to teach children with sensory processing disorders, our 512 Swim Co. instructors are trained by leading experts who have taught them to communicate and work effectively. In an effort to suit the individual needs and abilities of each swimmer, we create a calming, patient and reassuring atmosphere.
Our Adaptive Aquatics program can be tailored to individual needs and abilities to meet specific challenges. We believe with enough consistency, patience and compassion, every swimming student can learn valuable skills and build confidence in the water.
Drowning is the leading cause of accidental death for children and adults on the autism spectrum. According to the National Autism Association, accidental drowning accounted for approximately 90% of total U.S. reported deaths in children with an ASD under the age of 14. Although water safety and drowning prevention is important for every child to learn, children on the autism spectrum are at higher risk because they may seek isolation by fleeing to unfamiliar territories, says Dr. Varleisha Gibbs, OTD, OTR/L occupational therapy professor at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia. In addition, most are naturally drawn to the water. Learning how to swim along with learning vital water safety skills can serve to save lives and prevent drowning.
Besides drowning prevention and water safety, parents report other side effects from learning how to swim, including improved speech and cognitive function. According to an article published in the International Journal of Sport Psychology, water is a soothing environment that emphasizes gentle and repetitive motion. For children on the autism spectrum, the water on the body has a calming effect and reduces any enervating noises. Parents notice that pool time helps students cope with everyday stresses outside of the water as well.
A Social Outlet
According to the Autism Spectrum Disorder Foundation (ASDF), swimming can help children on the autism spectrum improve speech, coordination, social skills, self-esteem, and cognitive processing. While these children are often excluded from other sports because there are too many elements to focus on, being underwater can provide them with alone time where he or she doesn’t have to anticipate a ball being passed to them or be responsible for the success of a team. Swimming provides an excellent opportunity for parallel play and for a child to be in the play environment but to interact at a level that is comfortable for them.